A Closer Look at Apple’s Take on Road Trip Safety
Did you know that cellphone usage is one of the leading causes of road accidents in the USA? One out four car accidents is due to cellphone usage. In fact, an estimated 245,358 road accidents this year involve drivers using their cellphones.
Out of this, Apple had an idea.
As everything is digital nowadays through 21st-century technologies, Apple introduces CarPlay to promote safer, easier, and more convenient road trips.
What is CarPlay?
CarPlay incorporates everything you want to do with your iPhone into your car’s built-in display. It lets you make a call, send messages, listen to music, and get directions without distracting you from the road while driving. All you need to do is plug in your iPhone using your Lightning cable.
A car with built-in CarPlay will have buttons on the steering wheel so you can easily answer your calls and activate Siri. The vehicle will also have a touchscreen display on the dashboard so CarPlay is within an arm’s reach. Once your iPhone integrates with CarPlay, Siri will help you access your contacts, make or return a call, and send text messages. Now you can stay focused on the road while using your iPhone.
It’s easy, right?
Partnerships and Release Date
According to Apple, CarPlay-equipped vehicles are expected to be on the road this year, thanks to Apple’s partnership with five leading car manufacturers: Ferrari, Hyundai, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. In 2015, car models from the BMW Group, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Ford, Chevrolet, Kia, Jaguar, Subaru, Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan, and Opel will emerge.
CarPlay in Older Models
Some automakers are currently undertaking several measures to offer aftermarket accessories that make CarPlay compatible with older car models. Mercedes-Benz, for instance, is working its way to bringing CarPlay to older vehicles by the end of 2014.